Ep 2 of The Last of Us’ Development Series: Wasteland Beautiful

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The second episode in a series of developmental diaries for The Last of Us, courtesy of PlayStation and Naughty Dog, called “Wasteland Beautiful” is available to watch below this article. These videos offer a glimpse at an extended behind-the-scenes look to be made available on the game disc come its release on June 14th.

We previously shared the first episode in the development series – Hush – which gave insight into the design and creation of the infected. “Wasteland Beautiful”, on the other hand, is all about the environmental design in the game and how the lighting that is being implemented does wonders in creating such realistic-looking surroundings. It’s a fascinating look at one of the most important visual elements in video game development, and more specifically how the team at Naughty Dog are approaching it and what they are able to achieve on the PS3 – including a focus on soft shadows and reflective colouring.

If you’d love the chance to see the design, technology, and ideas from both Naughty Dog and PlayStation that shape The Last of Us with a documentarian’s approach, you should definitely check out these videos as they are released. Watch “Wasteland Beautiful” below, and stay tuned to Capsule Computers as we update you on all future entries in the series.

I am a graduate of the Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (w/ major in Games Design) course at Qantm College, Sydney.

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